It’s spring, peeps! Check out this workshop

The 2019 Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop is later this week: it’s Saturday, March 30, at Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana. It’s especially for woodland owners in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky; features natural resource experts from those three states, including from CFAES (CFAES is one of the event’s organizers); and offers 13 sessions on interesting aspects of the trees and wildlife that live on your land.

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Grow your own lettuce

Interested in growing your own greens? Early spring is a good time to start. Lettuce can tolerate cool soil and weather, writes Master Gardener Volunteer Faye Mahaffey in a piece published by OSU Extension’s Brown County office, “so you can plant seeds in a well-prepared seedbed as much as 4 weeks before your last frost date.”

Further, if you have limited space or mobility, you can easily grow lettuce in pots, compact salad boxes, and raised salad tables, too.

Read the full story.

Ohio’s last frost date ranges from the first week of May to the first week of June, depending on where you live. See when yours is.

Learn more about CFAES’s Master Gardener Volunteer program. (Photo: Getty Images.)

Pierzynski to be panelist on water quality

CFAES’ Gary Pierzynski will be a panelist for a policy session on “The Future of Lake Erie and the Quality of Our Water” at the Impact Ohio Toledo Regional Conference on March 14. Pierzynski serves as associate dean for research and graduate education.

The event, according to its website, will feature “key government officials, business leaders, and community members (discussing) issues important to the region.” Conference-goers “will hear first-hand from government leaders, political analysts, pundits, and policy experts on issues that affect their community.”

Tom Henry, environmental and energy writer for the Toledo Blade, will moderate the Lake Erie panel.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will give the event’s keynote address.

CFAES is one of the conference’s sponsors.

Find details and a link to register.

Spotlight on woods, water, wildlife

The annual Ohio Woodland, Water, and Wildlife Conference is for you if you work in natural resources, manage land, or both. The agenda features 15 expert-led sessions grouped in three tracks—woodlands, water, and wildlife—and is set for March 6 in Mansfield. Topics in the tracks range from managing tree galls to using drones, mitigating algal blooms to managing geese, conserving birds to helping bumble bees. Check out the full list of topics and speakers.

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‘We grow food for the neighborhood’

“Urban agriculture and local food production are a growing phenomenon for several reasons, including to address food insecurity, as a means for an economic enterprise, for community building, and as job training for young people and others.”

That’s Mike Hogan, educator in the Franklin County office of OSU Extension, CFAES’ statewide outreach arm, quoted in a recent article by Tracy Turner, a writer with CFAES, on our CFAES Stories website. (Hogan recently received the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 2019 Service Award.)

Called “Urban Agriculture in Ohio,” the article looks at how OSU Extension is helping farmers in Cleveland and Columbus.

“Our mission is simple,” one of the growers said in the article. “We grow food for the neighborhood.”

Check it out. (Photo: Getty Images.)

Good timing, what with spring on its way

Learn about managing your woods, along with the legalities of it, in Your Woodland Management Options and Legal Responsibilities, an upcoming workshop offered by CFAES’ Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. It’s from 6–8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in Bucyrus.

The goal, the workshop’s website says, is “to help woodland owners become better managers of this important asset.”

Speaking will be Kathy Smith, forestry program director in CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Evin Bachelor, J.D., law fellow with the Farm Office of OSU Extension, CFAES’ statewide outreach arm.

Registration is $15 and is due by Feb. 25. Learn more and register online. (Photo: Getty Images.)

Register for Tri-State Water Quality Discussion

Chris Winslow, director of the Ohio State-based Ohio Sea Grant program and CFAES’ Stone Laboratory, will present “Nutrient Management Effects on Lake Erie” at State of the Lake: A Tri-State Water Quality Discussion, set for 5–8 p.m. Feb. 26 in Hillsdale, Michigan. Registration is $20, which includes dinner and resources, and is due by Friday, Feb. 22.

Also speaking at the event will be Extension educators from the tri-state area—Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana—who the event flyer says “will cover topics related to agriculture and nutrient management, including cover crops, the new Tri-State Fertility Guide, and fine-tuning a nutrient management plan.” Continuing education credits are available. Find out more and register.

Organizers of the event are Michigan State University Extension, Purdue Extension, and CFAES’ Ohio State University Extension outreach arm.

Hillsdale is about 75 miles west-northwest of Toledo, Ohio.